Adriano Cintra and Marina Vello may come from differing generations and cities, but they crossed paths and shared a musical affinity during their previous bands’ success outside of Brazil. Half a decade later, they met up again and chose a simpler format – piano and vocals, stepping away somewhat from the dancefloor inclinations of their respective paths, and embracing more mature, cinematic melodies and arrangements. The Madrid EP is out now on Coletiva Produtora Records.
Inspired by her travels, artistic upbringing and passion for shoes, Chofakian’s dream has always been to give the sophisticated women of Brazil something more than charm and glamour. With her creations, she pushes the boundaries of contrasting materials and unique mixes of colors, while always emphasizing comfort – all her shoes are handmade with premium leather and accessories – fulfilling the desire of contemporary women to wear authentic creations to enjoy their day with elegance.
Pop up stores? Cute, but so last decade. Say hello to The Gourmet Tea, a pop out tea store in São Paulo. Neatly hidden behind what looks like a neon art deco wall when it’s closed, the shop is actually an oversized plywood box that opens up for business by popping out from the wall panels, thanks to some very clever design by Brazilian architect Alan Chu. A hinged flap flips to show the shop sign; the counter is wheeled out, and a door opens to reveal cupboards and shelves of tea merchandise. Wow. This store reminds us of the Countryman, the first MINI with four doors and optional four wheel drive. Yessir, all the fun of a Hatch in a Fun Utility Vehicle. That would be an FUV to me and you. Check out this video about it below.
Casa das Caldeiras is a masonry brick factory built in the 1920s to serve as power generator for the old Matarazzo Industries. It’s an historic heritage building in São Paulo City, restored and revitalized in 1999, when it became a new location for the some of coolest events in town.
Founded by brother and sister duo, Marcelo and Ilana Kugel, in 2010, Koral Wear is a premier American-made (LA) luxury lifestyle brand. Brazil’s vibrant colors, and vivacious, sexy styles alongside Los Angeles’ healthy, active beach culture were the inspirational forces behind it. With roots in Brazil and LA, the infusion of both cultures and lifestyles in their designs was a natural choice for the siblings.
From the ‘now we’ve seen it all’ file comes this: for his latest exhibition, creatively titled Blow Job – Trabalho de Sopro (Blow Job – Work of Blowing), Brazilian artist Fernando de La Rocque created the images with religious and political themes using, wait for it, cannabis smoke. The artist says of his work: ‘more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it. Polemic issues divide opinions, forcing people to think and debate. Inertia is useless when we want to overcome something’. Ah, yes.
Jean Campos and Patricia Palma own and operate the four year-old, Brazil-based design studio, Romeu and Julieta, which specializes in advertising illustration and fashion marketing. This imaginative design is a multidimensional cross-section of a human head, organized into handy compartments that store different forms of information for the digital age.
This is a lovely collection of retouched portraits by Brazilian local artists. It is one of the latest books I have bought, and probably one of the most beautiful ones I own.
Brazilian-based artist Tati Ferrigno is an amazing illustrator known for her detailed works and especially her pin-up style of art. Her works are so beautiful that some people actually ink them on their skin.
Ok, so this might have done the rounds, but it’s a masterclass. And after too many appalling flights to Brazil with TAP/Air Portugal, it genuinely hurts my soul that I will never be able to write those fuckers such a heroic complaint letter. [Read the entire letter via the Read More link]
Fabiola Morais is a multi-media artist based in central Brazil. These pictures, frames of video, are from the Kayapo Indians, one of the Brazilian ethnic groups threatened by the construction of Belo Monte, one of the largest dams in the world.
Joe Fenton has had a string of successes that any artist would give his right hand for: working with the likes of director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys) as a film concept designer and sculptor as well as with companies like Disney and Miramax.
On the June 11, one night before the equivalent of Valentines Day in Brazil, the band Homemade Blockbuster performed an urban intervention which they glued heart-shaped stickers on the red lights all over town and released their new single called Heartlights.
Brooklyn-based Tag Brum is a Brazilian artist whose primary method is drawing and collage. His works explore his experiences of growing up in southern Brazil. His latest pieces talk about street kids and the overwhelming voyeurism of social networks, where eyeballs are staring from nothing at nothing, constantly pressuring one to glamorize every mundane breath to an entropic level.
Juliana Dadalto, a multi-discipline artist from Brazil, can make the simplest detail of make-up become something magical. Her work also involves paper-craft and face painting and were nominated in two categories at the Conexion Beauty Art 2011.